Grace News August 9, 2022


Congregational Meeting August 14, 2022, at 9:00am in the Nolt Auditorium to consider the balcony railing

Worship Volunteers Needed

As we begin the journey back to a “normal” worship schedule, we need volunteers to: read the lessons, assist Pastor with communion, set up and clean up communion, sound and camera operators, ushers, and greeters. Have helped in the past— or would like to?  All are welcome! Please call the office at 717-397-2748 to volunteer!

ELL Grant!

Congratulations to the Grace ELL Program as they have been awarded a $1,000.00 grant from Penn Medicine CARES!

If you know anyone interested in English classes, please contact Barb Andersen at

Christian Formation

Tapestry of Pages: New Book Beginning in September

Join us Tuesdays at 3PM via Zoom for a discussion of Made For Goodness by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu.

In this book the dynamic father and daughter duo discuss their deeply held belief that humanity is made for goodness, “We are fundamentally good…If wrong was the norm it wouldn’t be news…The norm is goodness” (p.5).

The book combines theology, poetry, prayer, and lived experience in a way that will challenge us to think about what beliefs we hold as both individuals and a community about human nature, our relationship with God, and free will.
If you would like to join this group please email Angie Rabbe at


Look for Summer sales to complete your LWR kits!  Ingathering October 1&2, 2022

School Kits

  • Four 70-80 sheet notebooks (280-300 sheets total) of wide or college-ruled paper approximately 8” x 10 ½ ”, no loose leaf paper
  • One 30-centimeter ruler, or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other
  • One pencil sharpener
  • One pair of blunt scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades work well)
  • Five unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers; secure together with a rubber band
  • Five black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink); secure together with a rubber band
  • One box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • One 2 ½” eraser

Health Kits

  • One light-weight bath size towel (between 20” x 40” and 52” x 27”), dark color
  • Two or three bath-size bars of soap equaling 8 to 9 oz, any brand, in original wrapping
  • One adult-size toothbrush in its original wrapping
  • One metal nail clippers (attached file optional), remove packaging

Winter Outerwear Items For Community Meal

Beginning this week we will begin collecting winter outerwear items for our community meal. This ministry has taken many different forms over the years. This year we will be putting together bags filled with winter outerwear and winter necessities for our community meal participants.

We would like to fill the bags with hats, scarves, gloves or mittens, socks, granola bars, lotion, lip balm, and hand sanitizer. Our goal is to create 100 bags. We will also be collecting feminine hygiene products to make bags for the folks who need them.

Beginning Sunday you will be able to take a card from the giving tree which is located on the bulletin board across from the donation station in the Nolt Auditorium. All items need to be donated by Sunday, October 30. We will pack the bags the week of November 7. The bags will be distributed at Community Meal on November 16. We will need volunteers to help organize donations, pack the bags, and distribute the bags.

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions please email Angie Rabbe at Watch the Grace News for more information on this ministry as we move into the fall. 

Hope For the Holidays

We will be participating in LIRS’s hope for the holidays again this year. We will be sending

Christmas cards to families and individuals at the United States/Mexico border. Cards will be made available in the coming weeks as more information is made available from LIRS. We ask you to consider setting aside some time during this upcoming season to participate in the ministry of our wider church.

If you have any questions please email Angie Rabbe at 

Creation Care

This Week’s Green Tip

If you have a way to make your season’s heat last longer, such as a greenhouse, cloche, or row cover, you can extend the time when your plants actually grow.

Read more here

Cap Collection Continues

We are still collecting caps for the Earth Savers Club at Central York High School. If you would like to help, drop off your clean/label free caps in the office

Our Grace Family

A Note From Angie

In July, Carl and I spent the week in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Carl served as the guest pastor at Chapel in the Hills in Rapid City. The chapel is a replica of the Borgund Stavkirke in Laerdal, Norway. The chapel was built in 1969 as a place to record the Lutheran Vespers radio show. It now functions as a ministry of the South Dakota Synod of the ELCA.

ELCA clergy have the opportunity to serve for one week at the chapel during the summer. During the week guests are welcome to visit the grounds including a small museum, a stabbur that serves as the gift shop, the chapel, and the prayer walk. A Norwegian prospectors home was moved to the chapel grounds and serves as the museum. The stabbur, a grass roofed storehouse, was constructed in Norway and assembled on site. 

We flew from Harrisburg to Minneapolis and then spent a few days driving to Rapid City. It was a great way to take in the scenery of the Midwest and support local businesses along the way. One of the places we stopped at was the Dignity of Earth and Sky statue at the Lewis and Clark Visitor’s Center in Chamberlin.

One of the local businesses that we supported was Al’s Oasis, which serves as the restaurant, grocery store, casino, and gift shop in Oacoma. Coffee is still five cents at Al’s…it pairs perfectly with their pie that they are famous for. We also stopped at historic Wall Drug where hot coffee is still five cents and ice water is free. 

We are thankful for the time away and thankful for the care and prayers from both of our congregations as I continue to recover from Covid.

Angie Rabbe, Assistant Program Director

Thank You

Dear friends at Grace,
My family and I would like to express thanks for all the cards, phone calls and prayers offered on the loss of my husband, Tom. We were all so fortunate to have him in our life.
Special thanks to Pastor Steve for his visits and prayers offered to all the family at Hospice, Mt. Joy. We are truly blessed to have Pastor leading us all these years!
In Peace and Love,
Lorraine Long